Spring 2011 www.marcoreview.com Page 23The Marco Review Island Fun Guide continued from page 21Museums. MARCO ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM - Recently completed complex providing a glimpse into the unique past of our area. Open Thursday-Saturday 11am-3pm. Heathwood Drive, just south of San Marco Road. Map 1 (7D) . MUSEUM AT THE BOARD OF REALTORS - located on Bald Eagle Dr., just north of the San Marco Rd. intersection. Map1 (6D)Parks & Preserves. BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE - Over 700,000 acres of cypress swamp and sawgrass prairie which is home to many endangered bird species and the Florida panther - 45 minutes from Marco. 239.695.4111. COLLIER-SEMINOLE STATE PARK - 7,200 acre wilderness preserve. Camping and RVs, canoe rentals, guided canoe tours and night hikes in season, boat ramp, 6.5 mile hiking trail, self guided nature trail on boardwalk and interpretive Center. 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples. Take San Marco Road to US41, take right towards Miami and its on your right - 15 minutes from Marco. Map2 (17N) 239.394.3397 . CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY - National Audubon Society owned 11,000 acre nature preserve. 2¼ mile boardwalk through primeval swamp and virgin cypress stand. See wildlife - alligators, birds (nesting wood storks) etc at close quarters. Wheelchair accessible. Take SR951 to Immokalee Rd and head east - about 40 minutes from Marco. 239.348.9151 . EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK - The third largest national park in the US. The closest visitor center to Marco is in Everglades City, where there are boat tours, orientation fi lms and camping - 45 minutes from Marco. Map3 (24R) (800) 445.7724. FAKAHATCHEE STRAND STATE PRESERVE - 3,200 foot long boardwalk (with a 865 ft trail leading to it) and hiking trail through virgin cypress in the major drainage slough of southwestern Big Cypress Swamp. Nesting bald eagles are visible from boardwalk. US 41 just before turn off for Everglades City - 25 minutes from Marco. Map3 (23Q) 239.695.4593. T HE CONSERVANCY'S NAPLES NATURE CENTER - Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, The Conservancy Museum of Natural History, Nature Store, 45-minute guided boat tours, guided trail walks, canoe & kayak rentals. 14th Avenue North, off Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples - 35 minutes from Marco. Map2 (13J) 239.262.0304. FRANK MACKLE COMMUNITY PARK - Walking, biking, adventure playground, picnic area, soccer, bocce courts, shuffl eboard, indoor games room. kids' spray park and two dog parks. Andalusia Terrace, (off S. Heathwood). Map1 (7D) 239.642.0575. ROOKERY BAY ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER - This facility features a touch tank, aquariums, interactive exhibits, a children's exploration area, scientifi c labs, an art gallery, a butterfl y garden and a new ½ mile guided trail walk. 300 Tower Road, off 951, just south of SR41. 20 minutes from Marco. Map 2 (17M) 239.417.6310Photography. MARCO ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY - For a wonderful me-mento of your Marco Island vacation why not have master photographer Peter Berec take a sunset portrait of your family on the beach? 239.642.3500.. RESORT PHOTOGRAPHICS - Photographer Mike Sullivan has been recording those special moments for Marco Islanders and visitors for 31 years. Call 239.394.3295ISLAND FUN & REALTY
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